The Matt Tolentino Band
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It's no surprise that an 18-piece dance band like the Singapore Slingers can't always fit into the venues where Matt plays- that's why he frequently calls on smaller combinations to do the job. Mostly known as the Matt Tolentino Band (the occasional pseudonym is sometimes employed), the repertoire of the band is fun, upbeat, and highly authentic. The band is perfect for dances, house parties, weddings, and just about any celebration where lively music is needed.

The instrumentation of the band quite often features the tuba and banjo- which gives it that driving 2-beat sound, which was so popular in the 1920s and early 1930s during the era of 'hot jazz.,' which is the band's true specialty. This also gives the group an added degree of authenticity! However, the band is quite capable of moving up the timeline as well, during which times the instrumentation may shift to bass and guitar. The musicians are quite flexible! So whether you're looking to host a Gatsby event or a swing dance, the Matt Tolentino band is here for you.

The Matt Tolentino Band is available in any configuration you desire. Most of the time the band is 4-piece, but can go as high as 8 musicians (or more at your request!). Many times the band is augmented with additional horn players, either cornet/trombone or secondary reed, or sometimes hot violin or fiddle is used.

The band is ready to play for you! Weddings, private parties, birthdays, corporate events, clubs, restaurants, dances and more... we're at your service!
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The Matt Tolentino band can be seen around Dallas, playing everything from jazz clubs and dances, to corporate events, weddings and house parties. Their music is a lot of fun, an energetic blend of hot music- "rhythms sweet and hot" as Matt would say. The repertoire mostly centers around early 'trad' jazz and pop tunes, the likes of which were heard in New York and Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. Rare gems share the spotlight with the old chestnuts- when the Matt Tolentino Band plays, these great old tunes sound as fresh and exciting as when they were first penned nearly 100 years ago. Their music is guaranteed to get you up out of your seat and out on the dance floor!
The Matt Tolentino Band never fails to give the dancers plenty of rhythms to dance to, but one thing Matt always insists on is variety. You can always count on the boys to slip in rhumbas, waltzes, and other varieties in rhythm, just to keep things interesting for the dancers. There are lots of beautiful dance floors to be had in Dallas- including the Kessler Theatre and the Sons of Hermann Hall, and the band hopes to bring our music to each and everyone of them.

The group aspires to bring their audience a high level of authenticity with every show. Majority of the instruments and equipment used at performances is vintage and era-appropriate. The drum kit used in the Matt Tolentino Band, as well as the Slingers, is a 1928 Ludwig with its original factory painted head. When the band is focusing on 1920s and 1930s jazz and pop, banjo is the weapon of choice, and often times that banjoist is Scott Whitfield. Scott Whitfield is nationally recognized as one of the best banjo players in the country. To compliment the banjo, the tuba is often used to supply the bass; tuba and banjo were the rhythm instruments of choice before the bass and guitar took over. Remember- the band doesn't always use tuba and banjo... but for 1920s and 1930s jazz, it can't be beat!

The band loves to play the music of the 1920s and 1930s, but the group is also available for ballroom and swing dance engagements. Need some subtle background music for your party or ceremony? We can help! 

When he is not performing with his own ensembles, Matt Tolentino plays throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth as a soloist (piano and accordion) as well as a sideman, always ready to work. Check out Matt's page here on the website for more information...

Interested in booking? Drop a line on the 'Contact' page- the MTB is available for all of your musical needs... from private parties to large festivals (the band is a proud member of AMF Entertainment- the local musician's union).
Upcoming Shows:


February 21st, 2016
12:00 pm
Antique Elegance Show
Richardson Civic Center
The Matt Tolentino Band (4 piece) lends a little period music to this great event!

Antique Elegance® is a Treasure Trove of unique and fine quality vintage items. 
Wide variety of high quality antiques including: Vintage Textiles, Clothing and Accessories, Hats, Purses, Estate Jewelry, Furniture, Glassware, Art Pottery, Fine Silver, Toys, Dolls, Photographs, Sheet music, Post cards, Buttons, Handmade lace, Advertising, Books, Quilts, Tablecloths and Fine linens, European Art and Antiques, and more.
411 W Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75080
www.AntiqueElegance.info


February 24th, 2016
5:00 pm
The Tradition Senior Living


March 10th, 2016
8:00 pm
Matt Tolentino Band Featuring Drew Nugent
Hot 5-piece band featuring Drew Nugent on cornet and piano
Drew is the leader of the Philadelphia based Midnight Society Jazz Band, the city's premier hot jazz band
Catch a beginning swing dance lesson at 8:00pm
The jazz kicks off at 9:00pm and goes to 11:30pm
General Admission $15, members/students/affiliates $10.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center

1300 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
www.fwsds.org


March 12th, 2016
8:00 pm
Jazz Age Sunday Social Pre-Party
The Matt Tolentino Band featuring Drew Nugent
On the heels of the Jazz Age Sunday Social comes this incredible pre-party featuring the best traditional jazz musicians in the area, starring Drew Nugent in from Philadelphia. 
Don't miss this show!
Drew Nugent - cornet, piano, vocals
Jon Stutler - clarinet and saxophone
Scott Whitfield - tenor banjo
Michael Plotkin - drums
Matt Tolentino - tuba and bass saxophone
Admission $20 - $28
Bar opens 6:00, Theater doors 7:00, showtime 8:00
Kessler Theater
Dallas, TX
www.TheKessler.org


March 13, 2016
12:00pm - 5:00pm
The Jaz Age Sunday Social
The Singapore Slingers
Drew Nugent
Razzmajazz Dixieland Band
visit www.JazzAgeSundaySocial.com for more info!
Traditional jazz, dancing, cars, ice cream, vendors, costume contest, antique cars and more!


March 31st, 2016
7:00 pm
The Tower Club
Matt Tolentino Band performs for Dinner and Dancing
Enjoy a beautiful view of downtown Dallas
Admission: Please order dinner.
1601 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75201
www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Tower-Club-Dallas



April 16th, 2016
7:30 pm

Allen Public Library
Allen Jazz Festival
7-piece traditional jazz band bringing your rhythms sweet and hot
Hot jazz, ragtime, pop tunes, and more - info coming soon 
300 N. Allen Dr., Allen, TX 75013
www.AllenLibrary.org



April 23rd, 2016
12:00 pm

Garland Heritage Festival
Heritage Crossing



April 23rd, 2016
9:00 pm

Sammons Center for the Arts
Dallas Swing Dance Society
5-piece Matt Tolentino Band
Hot jazz and more for your listening and dancing pleasure
www.DSDS.org



April 28th, 2016
7:00 pm
The Tower Club
Matt Tolentino Band performs for Dinner and Dancing
Enjoy a beautiful view of downtown Dallas
Admission: Please order dinner.
1601 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75201
www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Tower-Club-Dallas
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